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Romansh language

Rumantsch, Rumàntsch,
Romauntsch, Romontsch
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From top left to bottom right: Sutsilvan inscription on a house in Andeer, Sursilvan house inscription in Trun, Rumantsch Grischun sign in the Swiss National Park, Vallader Sgraffito in Guarda.
Pronunciation [rʊˈmantʃ], [ʁoˈmɔntʃ], [rʊˈmɛntʃ], [rʊˈmaʊ̯ntʃ], [rʊˈmœntʃ]
Native to Switzerland
Region Grisons (Graubünden)
Ethnicity Romansh Swiss
Native speakers
36,600 (main language) (2012)
60,000 (regular speakers) (2000)
Standard forms
Official status
Official language in
Language codes
ISO 639-1 rm
ISO 639-2
ISO 639-3
Glottolog roma1326
Linguasphere 51-AAA-k
English-language version of Linguistic map of Switzerland.png
The traditional Romansh-speaking parts of Switzerland (dark green)
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Romansh (also spelled Romansch, Rumantsch, or Romanche; Romansh: About this sound rumantsch , rumàntsch, About this sound romauntsch  or About this sound romontsch ) is a Romance language spoken predominantly in the southeastern Swiss canton of Grisons (Graubünden), where it has official status alongside German and Italian and is used as the medium of instruction in schools in Romansh-speaking areas. Romansh has also been recognized as a national language of Switzerland since 1938 and as an official language along with German, French and Italian since 1996. It is sometimes grouped with Ladin and Friulian as a Rhaeto-Romance language, though this is disputed.



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